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The Fab 5 Hit the Terrible 2’s…(just in time for the return of Quints By Surprise)!!!

17 Comments 26 September 2011

If you are wondering why it has been nearly six weeks since I last updated the blog, wonder no more. Our lives have changed dramatically…again…and we have been trying to keep our heads above water ever since!! This change was not unexpected, but it isn’t necessarily a welcome one, either – the Fab Five has collectively hit the terrible 2’s and we are entrenched in daily battles for dominance of the Jones domicile!! And so far, the kids are winning the war…

There is the usual whining, fighting, and fussing that comes along around this time in any two-year-old’s world and of course there is defiance, stubbornness, petulance, pouting, hitting, biting, and kicking as well…it’s a lovely, peaceful existence…

The attitude swings, defiance, and constant need for attention, the need for the EXACT right thing at the EXACT right moment from the EXACT right person is difficult enough, but what has taken its toll on the time we have in the day (and therefore my ability to update the blog) is the kids’ ability to outwit, outsmart, and outlast every attempt we make at getting them a nap and a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. Gone are the days of putting them in their cribs, zipping up the tent, and walking away knowing that they’ll fall asleep soon, safe and sound in their beds; hello to the new normal of putting them in their beds, leaving the room, then returning to their room to put them back in their beds (the crib tents proved to be no match for the 5) and leaving the room, then returning to their room to put them back in bed and repair whatever damage they have caused in the two minutes you were out of the room, leaving the room, then returning…you get the point. Multiply that routine 40 or 50 times and you really get the idea! Oh my Lord, have mercy on us as we attempt to confront this new challenge with love, patience, and understanding!!!

The good news in all of this is that it is happening just in time for the cameras to catch the action – cameras will be rolling once again in the Jones house and Quints By Surprise is returning soon to TLC for season 3!!! We are really excited to start filming and share with you all what we have been up to lately! Can you believe is has been almost 9 months since we last filmed??

Fortunately between the fighting, the time outs, the fussing, and the fury there are a lot of really fun moments with the whole Six Pack as the kids are really settling into their personalities and preferences. As you’ll soon see when the first new episodes of Quints By Surprise hit the small screen, we have six very distinct, very independent, and very engaging little personalities running the house these days. Here is a funny story that perfectly illustrates the kind of daily fun and frustration we are encountering with these guys…

While I was getting ready to take Eliot to soccer practice one evening, the 5 were having dinner – chicken tenders and sweet potato fries – something they have had many, many times. Britton in her “I’m Little Mighty and I’ll do what I want” sort of way pushed her chicken tenders away and said, “I don’t want chicken!” My response was the same as it usually is – “ok, but you’re not getting anything else” – and we took the chicken off her plate. Eliot and I leave and not two minutes later Casey sends me a text to say that not only had Britton asked to have her chicken back and ate it immediately, but she also asked for more. Gotta love it, but it gets better…

When we got back from soccer, I asked, “Hey Britton, what did you have for dinner?”
“I don’t know” was the immediate response.
“Did you have chicken?”
“Really? What did you have?”
“I didn’t have chicken.”
“Oh, ok. But what did you have?”
“Not chicken.”
“Are you sure you didn’t have chicken because mommy said you did?”
“No, I did not have chicken. I had sweet potato fries.”
“Hmm, no chicken, huh?”
“Nope, no chicken.”

I tried every different possible way of asking her if she had chicken and what did she have for dinner to try to get her to admit what she had eaten and that stubborn little thing never wavered…  Can you believe the little cutie in the picture above could pull a stunt like that??  Stubborn, stubborn, stubborn, but fun-loving as well – she had a twinkle in her eye and a little smile on her face the whole time I was interrogating her about her meal! :)

So there is fun mixed with frustration, laughter mixed with something very far from laughter, and scowls mixed with smiles in the Jones house these days. The kids are growing like crazy, exploring and challenging the world around them, and keeping us guessing, running, laughing, and fretting all the while. Look for the new episodes of Quints By Surprise to show you all of this and then some, coming soon to TLC!!!!

Your Comments

17 Comments so far

  1. CJ says:

    i’m so happy you guys are going back on air. i really like your show and this time i hope i’d be able to tell who’s who between the fab 5. lol.

  2. Tori says:

    I’m excited for y’all to be back on the air…
    We used the crib tent and eventually had to rig the zipper with a hairband, hooked around the railing of the crib. Looked totally ghetto, but worked. ;)

  3. Donna Lamm says:

    I’m so happy to hear the Jones family will be back on TV soon!! My daughter, who is 9, is thrilled also. Its so great to have a show that she and I can share together with no fear of awful things being said. And its an opportunity for my whole family to see another whole family that love each other and treat each other with respect. We can’t wait to see what has happened lately. I hope Season 3 is longer than season 2….God Bless your family!

  4. Linda M. says:


    Happy camper!

    BTW, If you haven’t already done so, it may be time to start teaching the Fab Five about the difference between the truth and a lie. You saw the twinkle, but it’s still something she needs to learn — gently.

    I used something I called “The Truth Machine”. Sounds omminous, yes? All it was, is that I put one of their hands — palm down, flat — between both of my hands and I asked them the question I wanted the answer to. I told them that if they were lying, their hand would twitch. It worked every time because I planted the suggestion and their subconscioues did the rest.

    As they get older, “The Truth Machine” stops working because they learn to better control their reactions. But until they’re ten or so… ;-)

  5. Tamyra says:

    Yeah! I am so excited about season 3. The kids have gotten so big. I have 2 teens and a 19 month old. I’ve been through the terrible twos twice and preparing to do it again at 40 years old. I’ll pray for you and you pray for me. Well I’ll pray for you times 5. Take care.

  6. Annette says:

    Look forward to watching the show!

  7. Cori says:

    Soooo happy you are coming back, we’ve missed you! My daughters and I have every episode recorded and they are watched over and over and over! Can’t wait!

    God Bless!

  8. Andrea says:

    So glad to hear your show will be back for Season 3! Hoping that the first 2 seasons will eventually come out on DVD too. We actually have most of them saved on our DVR since me and my 3 year-old daughter enjoy watching the episodes so much!

  9. jennifer Haynes says:

    I caint wait till its back on!

  10. Trish says:

    I am so excited to hear that you are up for season 3…I started following your family when I was pregnant with my triplets, and you have been a source of inspiration ever since. Whenever I feel overwhelmed about raising multiples I think to myself, “Well, heck, if the Jones family can do it…” Thank you so much for opening your hearts and home to America-I can’t even explain how much it means!

  11. Sarah says:

    I cant believe how big they are!!! lol!!!!

  12. Fab 5 Fan! says:

    That’s great news! I love watching your family, it’s lovely to watch a lovely family like yourselves without having all the arguing, fighting and bickering that you see on a lot of similar shows these days. You truly reflect a Christ-like family that are trying their best to raise their kids in a loving, happy, and Christ centered atmosphere, not just talking about it! Thank-you for the great example you are to those who have tried and failed. Great Show!

  13. Nina says:

    Am so glad that you are coming back. I like the other comments have missed watching. I hope season 3 is longer

  14. candice says:

    Does anyone know when it will be premiering?!

  15. Christy says:

    I didn’t know your show was almost cancelled and I just wrote TLC, praising how positive and cheerful this show was compared to the negative, drama filled shows that are out in abudance!

    I also pointed out a scheduling error they have on your TLC page. While the start date at the top of the page is accurate, the date they have in the “About Quints by Surprise” box, located in the lower right side, is wrong! It shows, “Tune in Tuesdays @ 10/9c starting Nov. 11 for the new season!” Needs to be the 8th – not the 11th. I hope they fix it quickly and don’t confuse anyone.

    Looking forward to the new shows starting next week! Happy Fall and best wishes to your family!

  16. Sarah says:

    oh my gosh im watching the old episodes they are sooo big now!

  17. Sandy W says:

    Enjoy the show so much. Glad you came back & cannot wait for season 3

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